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Early suspicious deaths of celebraties
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It's always said the good die young. These stars, although their lives were cut short, made big impacts on the music industry and Hollywood. Had they lived, their careers would have probably hit the stratosphere. From Kurt Cobain to Amy Winehouse and Heath Ledger, see which stars passed away before reaching 30.

Lee Thompson Young, 29


Any kid raised in the '90s knows Lee Thompson Young. He first captured hearts and minds on the Disney Channel as the star of The Famous Jett Jackson from 1998 to 2001. Although he appeared in several other Disney movies and projects, he didn't land back into popularity until landing on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, on which he played Barry Foster starting in 2010.

By 2014, things had seemingly changed for the young star. According to USA Today, Young was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment in mid-August after failing to appear on set for filming one Monday morning. Young had committed suicide. "We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man," his home network TNT said in a statement.  "He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on-and-off screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace."

 Months later, The New York Daily News uncovered that Young suffered from both bipolar disorder and depression in the time leading up to his suicide. A toxicology report uncovered no drugs or alcohol in his system. The gun he used to take his own life, a 40 caliber semi-automatic was registered in his name. Young also failed to leave a suicide note explaining his actions. His doctors also said he never showed never showed any signs stress or financial problems during his visits.
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Kurt Cobain, 27


In 1994, Kurt Cobain was a grunge rock legend with the legions of fans and fame to prove it. But despite being on top of the music world, Cobain was deeply depressed and hooked on heroin. According to a People story covering Cobain's last days, he was in a dark place. In fact, his behavior concerned many of his loved ones, including his mother, who filed a missing person's report, and his wife Courtney Love, who hired an investigator to find him. After numerous interventions and attempts to get the Nirvana rocker back on track, he finally agreed to attend rehab. His fellow rocker and friend Pat Smear threatened to break the band if he didn't get help and Love threatened to end their marriage as well. On April 1, he admitted himself into a facility in California.
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But it seemingly wasn't enough to help Cobain. After two days of treatment, he checked himself out and returned home to Seattle. On April 5, things took a turn for the worst. Cobain took to a room above the garage and shot himself with 20-gauge shotgun. His body was found two days later by an electrician. Authorities were only able to identify him through fingerprints.

Although few details are known about his thoughts on his last days on earth, Cobain did leave behind a note. "Please keep going Courtney for Francis," he wrote. "For her life will be so much happier without me. I love you. I love you."

Amy Winehouse, 27
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Amy Winehouse was one of Britain's great rising talents. With two albums and several Grammys under her belt, she was poised to stay on top. But she couldn't compete with an alcohol addiction, which took her life in July 2011. According to The Daily Mail, Winehouse spent her final hours alive drinking vodka and watching YouTube videos of herself. In all, she died from alcohol poisoning. The massive amount of booze she had in her system caused her stop breathing and fall into a coma. Her security guard, who lived with her, said she seemed her usual "bubbly self" the night before her death and that he discovered her dead the following day. Two bottles of vodka were found at her bedside.

Winehouse's battle with booze was ongoing. She was reportedly sober some 12 or 13 days before her death. But, she started drinking again a mere three days before she was found because she was "bored."
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 According to a Rolling Stone profile on her tragic life, the years leading to her death were difficult. She was reportedly in and out of rehab for drug abuse; she landed assault charges for fighting; and she often emerged in public looking awful with sores on her face and scratches over her body. Per her father, the constant smoking landed her in the early stages of emphysema. Working also became difficult as she was unable to secure the proper paperwork to travel to the United States to perform.

River Phoenix, 23
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At the age of 23, River Phoenix was one of Hollywood's most promising actors with his entire career ahead of him. But a deadly mix of drugs ended his career before it even truly began. Phoenix's final days were recounted in the book Running with Monsters by Bob Forrest who is also a celebrity rehab therapist. According to a New York Post write up, Phoenix was living a very pure life on a vegan diet but soon turned to drugs. In fact, in the days before his sudden death, he was confined to doing drugs with Red Hot Chili Peppers star John Frusciante. The pair went on a massive drug bender, which Forrest explains: "First, smoke crack or shoot coke directly into a vein for that ninety-second, electric brain-bell jangle. Then shoot heroin to get a grip and come down enough to be able to carry on a conversation for a few minutes before you start the cycle again."

 But that combination of heroin and coke finally caught up with Phoenix on October 31, 1993 when he and Frusciante hit Los Angeles' Viper Room. "River was obviously wasted and was as unsteady as a boxer who had taken too many headshots," Forrest said. Phoenix looked extremely pale that evening and confessed to not feeling good and even thinking he was "OD'ing." Not longer after, Phoenix was dragged outside the club where he was in fact overdosing. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died.


Dark Knight and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger was one of Hollywood's most respected young actors at the time of his sudden death in January 2008. According to Us Weekly, Ledger died of an "acute intoxication." The list of drugs found in Ledger's system were lengthy—oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine—per his toxicology results.

Years later, the public learned that his sister, Kate, had warned him of mixing so many prescription drugs. "His sister was on the phone with him the night before telling him not to take the prescription medications with sleeping tablets," his father Kim told The Daily Mail Australia. "He said, 'Katie, Katie, I'm fine now. I know what I'm doing.' [Heath] would have no idea."

Kim would also say he loved his son dearly, but Ledger's death was no one else's fault but his own. "It was totally his fault," Kim said. "It was no one else's. He reached for the [the pills]. He put them in his system. You can't blame anyone else in that situation. That's hard to accept because I loved him so much and was so proud of him."
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In the months before his death, he described his restless state to The New York Times after completing Dark Knight and the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, per Today. "I couldn't stop thinking," he said. "My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going." 
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